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#1

90

Sharp R372

572 Reviews
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£76.98

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
The best rated microwave under £100, with low running costs and very good features
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#2

89

Samsung MC28H5013A

823 Reviews
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£134.00

Freestanding
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1,400W
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28L
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£420
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
The best rated microwave under £500, with a very good price and very good features
#3

89

Samsung MC28H5135CK

56 Reviews
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£179.00

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
The highest scoring combination microwave available, with low running costs and very good features
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#4

89

Samsung MC28M6055

37 Reviews
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£174.99

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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£420
Over 10 years
Sep 2018
A top-rated and recently released freestanding microwave, with low running costs and great features
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#5

89

Magic Chef MCM990

48 Reviews
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£74.63

Freestanding
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900W
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25.4L
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£420
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
An astoundingly cheap and excellently reviewed freestanding microwave, with very good features and low running costs
£3 Voucher
#6

89

Samsung MS23F301

1,984 Reviews
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£64.99

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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£370
Over 10 years
Mar 2013
The cheapest combination microwave available, with good features and very low running costs
#7

88

Hotpoint MWH 30243 B

3 Reviews
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£113.97

Freestanding
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1,000W
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30L
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£470
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A bargain price and remarkably highly rated freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and features
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#8

88

Samsung MC28M6075

50 Reviews
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£149.00

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
A bargain price and newly released freestanding microwave, with average running costs and outstanding user reviews
#9

88

Samsung MC32J7035

10 Reviews
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£229.00

Freestanding
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1,400W
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32L
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£660
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
A stunningly highly rated and top of the range freestanding microwave, with average running costs and a very reasonable price
#10

88

Samsung MS28J5255

138 Reviews
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£129.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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28L
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£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
A positively reviewed and top-value freestanding microwave, with average running costs and great features
#11

88

Russell Hobbs RHM3003

714 Reviews
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£112.48

Freestanding
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900W
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30L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An affordable and classic freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and very good features
#12

88

Russell Hobbs RHM2572CG

199 Reviews
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£95.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2018
A positively reviewed and very good value for money freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and the latest technology
#13

88

Magic Chef MCM1611

3 Reviews
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£77.97

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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£520
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
A top-rated and top-quality freestanding microwave, with satisfactory running costs and one of the biggest interior capacities available
#14

87

Sharp R‑372KM

526 Reviews
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£77.98

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2014
A very popular and astonishingly good value for money freestanding microwave, with average running costs and great features
£3 Voucher
#15

87

Sharp R28STM

1,257 Reviews
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£73.00

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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£370
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A positively reviewed and low cost freestanding microwave, with good features and very low running costs
#16

87

Samsung MC32K7055C

19 Reviews
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£199.00

Freestanding
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900W
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32L
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£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
A top-rated and cheap freestanding microwave, with alright running costs and very good features
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#17

87

Panasonic NN‑SD27HS

68 Reviews
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£89.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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23L
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£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A top-value and stunningly highly rated freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and great features
£3 Voucher
#18

87

Panasonic NN‑GD37

21 Reviews
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£141.75

Freestanding
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1,000W
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23L
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£470
Over 10 years
May 2017
An excellently reviewed and excellent value for money freestanding microwave, with satisfactory running costs and great features
£3 Voucher
#19

87

Sharp R843

25 Reviews
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£122.39

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
An affordable and excellently reviewed freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and great features
#20

87

Daewoo KOC‑9C0T

5 Reviews
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£114.99

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
A low cost and excellently reviewed freestanding microwave, with low running costs and very good features

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Smeg with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
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Smeg Microwaves 21 £186 - £899
90%
1 review
#2
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Sharp Microwaves 50 £45 - £520
89%
6,964 reviews
#3
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Samsung Microwaves 66 £44 - £734
89%
5,301 reviews
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 38 £45 - £275
88%
11,598 reviews
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Panasonic Microwaves 67 £45 - £509
87%
9,589 reviews
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Hotpoint Microwaves 47 £45 - £929
87%
630 reviews
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Bosch Microwaves 55 £70 - £1,282
84%
925 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 41 £40 - £115
83%
2,352 reviews
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Neff Microwaves 30 £179 - £1,045
82%
448 reviews
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Whirlpool Microwaves 60 £73 - £869
80%
219 reviews
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Siemens Microwaves 25 £270 - £1,132
75%
64 reviews
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LG Microwaves 31 £97 - £364
60%
33 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

Microwaves range in price from £20 to £2,659 and in total we found prices for 601 microwaves. A new microwave costs on average £232 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £60 and £500. The Morphy Richards Accents is the cheapest microwave at only £20, and Miele DGM6500 is the most expensive at £2,659.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Miele microwaves start at £490 and their most expensive microwave costs £2,659. The average price of Miele microwaves is £1,000 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

Fisher & Paykel microwaves range in price from £899 to £899, and the second highest average microwave price out of all brands is Fisher & Paykel microwaves with an average price of £899.

De Dietrich microwaves start at £329 and their most expensive microwave costs £999. The average price of De Dietrich microwaves is £746 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 38 expert reviews and 41,774 user reviews for microwaves written online and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are Smeg, Sharp and Samsung. Smeg has an average rating of 90%, Sharp has an average rating of 89% and Samsung has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 509 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 370 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to microwaves. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 209 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We looked at the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any noticeable trend. April was the biggest month in 2017 for new microwaves, with 59 new microwaves released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new microwave releases was October, with 126 new microwaves released that month. In July 2015 101 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

New microwaves drop in price by an average of 2% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means a saving of £5 on a typical £232 new microwave if you wait 6 months before buying.

Case Designs

The case design of the microwave shows whether it is meant to be free standing, or designed to be built into fixtures unobtrusively.

Amongst new microwaves, the most frequently found case design is freestanding. We found 605 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. Integrated is the second most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves. We found 337 microwaves that are integrated microwaves.

Microwave Powers

'Microwave Power' denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

Comparing all microwaves, the microwave powers range from 500W to 3,600W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The Siemens CM656GBS6B, which can be purchased for £899.00, has the biggest microwave power and is a 3,600W microwave. The Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which currently retails for £119.71, has the smallest microwave power and is a 500W microwave.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

'Interior Capacity' is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 13L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 18L to 22L. The Zanussi ZKK47901XK, which is available at £359.99, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 51L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Hotpoint MWH 1331 B, which is a 13L capacity microwave and is priced at £129.98.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Available Colours

We found 378 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes this the most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 377 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making stainless steel the second most common colour amongst new microwaves.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer it shows the total number of microwaves where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 325 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for microwaves by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of microwave prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's microwave prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 63.9% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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